Q:What is a Chiropractor?
A:Chiropractors rely on non-surgical and non-drug or supplement treatments and exercises to manually reduce pain caused by physical health issues and prevent future pain or sensations of numbness or tingling. Chiropractors hold a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree, otherwise known as a D.C.
The chiropractic field has seen many advancements in education and training in recent years, and is often a favored method of confronting orthopedic conditions affecting the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.
Q:How are Chiropractors educated?
A:Most chiropractic colleges require their students to complete a four-year undergraduate program plus mandatory ongoing postgraduate education. There are regulatory state and federal board examinations that chiropractors must pass to maintain their practice.
Q:What is spinal manipulation and is it safe?
A:Spinal manipulation, or adjustments, are the primary method of treatment for a chiropractor. This activity is used to increase motion in a joint, decrease muscle spasms centering from a joint, and restore functionality of a joint and the surrounding tissues. Varying degrees of pressure will be utilized for the procedures, which vary due to a patient’s physical condition and flexibility.
Prior to initiating any form of manipulation, mobilization or any therapy, the doctor will complete an extensive medical history, followed by an examination. During the history and examination, any risk factors or “red flags” to manual treatment will be thoroughly addressed and discussed. Only after formulating a diagnosis and obtaining informed consent will the doctor apply any treatment to the patient.
Chiropractic care is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free and non-invasive therapies available for the treating a range of musculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic treatment has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is 100% free of potential adverse effects. However, the risks associated with chiropractic care are very small. Most patients feel immediate relief following adjustments and treatment but some may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.
Q:What other types of therapy does a chiropractor utilize?
A:The professional staff at Complete Chiropractic is fully licensed and trained to perform the following activities:
- Spinal Manipulation And Mobilization
- Rehabilitative Exercise
- Physical Therapy
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Myofascial Release
- Dry Needling
- Deep Tissue Massage
- And More
Q:Is Chiropractic care covered by my insurance?
A:Most insurances will cover chiropractic care to a certain extent. Our office staff can confirm if your insurance will cover any amount of your visit, and inform you of any co-payment amounts or any other responsibilities before or after a visit.
If you have any additional questions, please contact us today at 202-733-5604 and we will be happy to assist you.